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'Confidential 86/14-ii B.47 PETROLEUM CONCESSIONS LTD. BAHRAIN' [‎176r] (358/416)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (203 folios). It was created in 22 Oct 1936-12 May 1938. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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H.e our discussion and your note of the 4th April.
^ Until the "unallotted area" came into the front of the
Picture there was no object in H.I.I.G. giving a definite
decision on the ownership of Hawar and this .puestion
could be left in the position described in para. 5 of your
note.
2. Now, however, that the P.C.L. want to commence
negotiations with the Sheikh concerning this area in which
hawar is situated, H.II.G. will have to give a decision
as the Company will want to know before entering on
negotiations whether Hawar does or does not belong to
Bahrein.
3* The sane remarkn rnj jatis mutandis apply to the
island of Fasht Diha].
4» I suggest one following action
(a) a D-tter to he written hy me as
Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. under instructions from H.il.G. to the
Sheikh oi ipatar, iniorming him that in connection with
negotiations which certain Companies are about to commence
the question of the ownership of Kawar and Pasht Uibal
must be decided. On the evidence at present available
to H.M.G. these islands appear to belong to the Sheikh
oi Bahrein. H.M.G., however, have reason to believe
that he, the Sheikh of Qatar, may wish to advance claims
to these islands. if so he should submit these claims
to H.M.G. within a certain period (say two months) from
the d^te of the ietter, after which no claims should be
considered.
(d) a letter to be sent to the Sheikh of
Bahrein enclosing a copy of the letter to the Sheikh of
Qatar and explaining that when the the latter’s reply has
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The volume comprises correspondence between the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. (Trenchard C Fowle, Percy G Loch, Olaf K Caroe, Hugh Weightman), the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Bahrain (Percy G Loch, Hugh Weightman, Tom Hickinbotham, John B Howes), the India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. (Maurice J Clauson, Roland T Peel, John C Walton, John P Gibson), the Shaikh of Bahrain (Shaikh Ḥamad bin ‘Īsá Āl Khalīfah), the Adviser to the Government of Bahrain (Charles D Belgrave), Petroleum Concessions Limited (John Skliros, Stephen H Longrigg, Frank Holmes, Ernest V Packer) and the Bahrain Petroleum Company (Hamilton R Ballantyne, Edward A Skinner) regarding negotiations for a concession in the unalloted area of Bahrain which would include Bahrain's territorial islands and the Hawar Group of Islands.

The correspondence centres on the Shaikh of Bahrain’s decision to postpone negotiations for one year until May 1938 in order to concentrate on the resolution of his ownership claim to Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. [Az Zubārah] which was being contested by the Shaikh of Qatar (Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī). Later correspondence relates to the Shaikh’s decision to split the unalloted area into two concessions with the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) being granted the remaining area on the main island and some territorial waters including Sitrah Island; and Petroleum Concessions Limited (PCL) being granted the Hawar Group of Islands and a number of other territorial islands and waters along with an allocated site at Muharraq for use in constructing a refinery and storage areas.

Also included is continued discussion around the question of ownership of the Hawar Islands and Fasht Dibal [Fasht ad Dībal]. The India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. concluded that their evidence supported the Shaikh of Bahrain’s claim to the islands and that therefore responsibility for disputing the claim lay with any other potential claimants. The question under discussion however was whether to make the Shaikh of Qatar, as the other potential claimant, aware of their conclusions.Other matters discussed in the volume include:

A series of file notes which were maintained as a record of the correspondence in the volume can be found at folios 193-200.

The correspondence with the Shaikh of Bahrain and various draft concession documents are in English and Arabic.

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1 volume (203 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 205; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 6-192; these numbers are written in pencil and red crayon, are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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